Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
Board of education president Gloria Reyes demands “the conversation around school discipline needs to be centered on race,” according to the WI State Journal.
Those who counter that school discipline needs to be centered on behavior will be asked to leave the conversation. Maybe the answer is pick out some white kids and toss them out of school. Got to make the numbers work.
So, come clean, Madison teachers. Admit your guilt. Quit suspending kids who shoot a fellow student at Jefferson middle school. Stop picking on the ring leaders of those cafeteria brawls. Allow that girl to wreak havoc at that Whitehorse middle school classroom. Maybe tomorrow she will behave. Got to make the numbers work. Don’t want to wind up like Mr. Rob, an out-of-work pariah. Keep your heads down.
“We commit to analyzing and challenging both our personal
and systemic or institutional racialized
beliefs and practices.” — Madison Teachers Inc.
It’s Black Lives Matter at School Week, February 3-7. Pledge “solidarity for social and racial justice.” Not just plain ol’ race-blind justice like Martin Luther King Jr. sought, but social and racial justice. (For Extra Credit: define social and racial justice?)
• Says right on your teachers union website: “Society continues to marginalize, murder, and devalue Black and Brown lives.” Tell society to stop.
• That gun in the backpack is the fault of “mass incarceration, poverty, non-affordable housing, income disparity, homophobia, unfair immigration laws and policies, gender inequality, and poor access to healthcare.” Don’t forget the Orange Man in the White House!
• Put up a poster
• Wear the BLM teeshirt.
• Keep your head down and toe the party line.
• Do penance for your white privilege. Exorcise your implicit bias. Get cozy with two separate and unequal standards of behavior.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Some would say therein lies the real racism — but they would not be the MMSD board of education. Some would say that you are doing no favors to anyone by short-changing discipline which, after all, is the foundation of learning. One cannot master a skill, finish a task, hold gainful employment without being on time, dutiful, and ready to take instruction. But those people are talking about behavior, not race.